July 14, 2009
We just did this, just a year ago. So I forgot everything. I forgot to stock up on soap and baby wipes for him. I thought I had already done it. Turns out that was last year.
We just kept remarking that it didn't seem possible to already be saying goodbye again.
My husband was sad today, far sadder than the last two times. I think the last two times, he was overwhelmed with stress: his first time, obviously, it was the first time; the second time because he was deploying on his own and his unit made no preparations for him whatsoever. The plan was to drop him in country and have him hitchhike his own way to his gaining unit. He was a basketcase.
But this time, this time they departed on the dot of when they said they would. He was going with the most squared-away team possible. He had no worries...other than leaving his wife, his maybe-baby, and his pup.
He wanted to mow the back yard before he left. Really, I couldn't have cared less. If it didn't get done, I'd bribe someone else to do it. Not a big deal. But he insisted. He made a huge deal of it. It had to get done, he had to do this for me. It was his husbandly duty.
It was sweet.
He was mushy today. He's rarely mushy.
And watching him say goodbye to the dog was torture. He misses that creature so much when he's gone. I snapped this photo about a month ago of them: him doing push-ups and Charlie thinking it's a game that needs toys.
If I could let him take the dog, I would.
But he may not need that this time. This time he is deploying with friends. If I had to deploy, I'd love to take three of my closest friends with me. It might not be so bad.
I told them all to stay safe...and to try to have a little fun too.
I told him I hope when he comes home, I plunk a baby into his arms. We'll see where we stand on that tomorrow morning.
Thus starts deployment three.
The plan was to drop him in country and have him hitchhike his own way to his gaining unit.
Did he actually do that!? Yikes!
Good luck tomorrow!
Posted by: Amritas at July 14, 2009 06:44 PM (h9KHg)
But in other news: I am hoping tomorrow brings strong hope for baby plunking opportunities this deployment's end. And I really agree that deploying with friends seems so much more appealing and comforting. Not only for them , but also us staying behind.
Posted by: wifeunit at July 14, 2009 07:06 PM (t5K2U)
About tomorrow...many, many prayers.
Posted by: HomefrontSix at July 14, 2009 07:42 PM (7Qxzl)
Charlie knows that man on floor equals games. Man on floor knows Charlie with toy equals games. I think it is so sweet and cute for both of them.
I hope for good news for you tomorrow.
Posted by: Ruth H at July 14, 2009 07:43 PM (KLwh4)
Fingers crossed on tomorrow.
Posted by: dutchgirl at July 14, 2009 08:01 PM (hLAkQ)
Posted by: Darla at July 14, 2009 11:12 PM (LP4DK)
to miss a person sooo much.
To know without a doubt this is whom holds your heart...
I think it is the worst and best part....
saying "see you again soon"...
and to be trusted enough with his heart...
oh I LOVE mushy stuff
Posted by: awtm at July 14, 2009 11:24 PM (mYtP/)
I am with AWTM, I love the mushy stuff.
Here's to a safe (and quick) mancation
And prayers and hugs for your appt tomorrow.
I wish i knew you in real life, sarah. I think we'd be friends.
Posted by: Keri at July 15, 2009 09:23 AM (k6Euw)
Now we both have our own combat shirt photos...although, Brian's were not at such a terrific angle as yours are.
You know that I know.
And, if you're ever deployed, I have your back. As it is, I'll have your back here & that will work too.
Posted by: Guard Wife at July 15, 2009 09:59 AM (M+hWl)
Although I have no idea what the chance would be, I can't help thinking how funny it would be if my husband ended up meeting your husband in A-stan. I bet they'd get along. My husband will be heading that direction very soon now. Your pic of your hubby with Charlie reminds me very much of my hubby & Daisy (our beagle) playing on the floor in the living room. I will miss that (and I know he will, too) while he is gone. While we were filling out the "just in case" paperwork he kept joking that he wanted to be buried holding Daisy with a big grin on his face, and that he wished he could pack her up and take her with him.
But it is good to see them deploy with friends, especially when those friends are people you know you can trust to do the best they can to do their jobs and keep each other safe. I feel much more comfortable sending my husband away having confidence in his CO, in his fellow officers and soldiers, and in his and their prior experience.
Here's to a safe, productive, & maybe even fun "mancation".
Posted by: Leofwende at July 16, 2009 10:04 AM (28CBm)
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